What is National Citizen Service (NCS)?

What is National Citizen Service (NCS)?

Aged 16 or 17? Want to build your skills and confidence, whilst beefing up your CV? NCS is for you!

Are you 16 or 17 – or coming up to that age? National Citizen Service (NCS) – is a new opportunity open to all young people in England, which helps build your skills and confidence. If you’re thinking of applying to college, uni or jobs, it’s also a brilliant thing to have on your CV…

What is NCS?

NCS is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity open to all 16 & 17 year olds in England, that helps you build your skills for work and life, while you take on new challenges and meet new friends.

It runs in the spring, summer and autumn. You'll have a short time away from home and take part in a team project that will help your community.

Along with thousands of other people your age, you’ll take part in different outdoor activities, develop skills you didn’t even know you had, learn new things, help your local community and best of all make a load of new friends. You’ll also be given the opportunity to create a project you really care about and bring it to life in your local area.

How does it work?

AWAY WEEKS - With NCS you’ll live with your team at an NCS site for two weeks (with a couple of days at home in between). While you’re there you’ll take part in a range of activities, learn loads about yourself and make new friends. At the end, you and your team head home to help out in your local community.

SKILLS BUILDING - A huge part of your NCS experience is developing and growing your skills, but the coolest part is that you’ll have the opportunity to put them into practice when you take on projects in your community.

GRADUATION - At the end of it all, get dressed up for the NCS graduation ceremony, where you’ll be recognised for your achievements and even get a certificate signed by the Prime Minister. It doesn’t stop there though. As a graduate you'll have access to loads of other opportunities and the chance to venture overseas with the International Citizen Service. 

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